Ness of Brodgar, Stromness

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The Ness of Brodgar is an archaeological site covering 2.5ha between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site in Orkney, Scotland. Excavations at the site began in 2003. The site has provided evidence of decorated stone slabs, a stone wall 6m thick with foundations, and a large building described as a Neolithic temple. The earliest structures were built between 3,300 and 3,200 BCE, and the site had been closed down and partly dismantled by 2,200 BCE.
Today the Brodgar peninsula is a finger of land a few hundred metres wide, situated between the saltwater Loch of Stenness to the southwest and the freshwater Loch of Harray to the northeast.
To the southeast are the Standing Stones of Stenness and to the north-west is the Ring of Brodgar. A short bridge connects these two sites. Also visible from the site are, to the east, the chambered cairn at Maeshowe and, to the southeast the Barnhouse Settlement. A couple of kilometres northwest of the Ring of Brodgar is the Ring of Bookan, a third henge, with associated mounds. The Neolithic village at Skara Brae lies a few kilometres away, as does the chambered cairn at Unstan. More archaeology is probably submerged beneath the lochs.
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  • Only open for a short time during the year as it’s a working archaeological dig site and needs to be protected from bad weather. Tour guides are wonderful as always. Fascinating place, loved it.  more »
  • Well explained and preserved site where one can wander around the ancient site in the middle of the stone, next to the sea.  more »
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  • Very interesting archaeological dig. They are still finding out so much about it. Free tour lasted over an hour. It was windy and I got very cold so make sure you take plenty of warm clothes. It's very exposed.
  • Amazing. If you can visit on one their open days. Especially if they are sponsored again by Highland Park - free dram! Follow the daily blog website through the dig season.
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